What to do in St Maarten on a cruise

(Header photo courtesy of Christine Gardner)

One Day Cruise Itinerary

Are you only one St Maarten for one day? No problem – plenty of opportunity to enjoy our unique strongpoints like our cuisine and our activities!

St Maarten / St Martin may be well known as a binational and vibrant destination, with 37 square miles it is also very compact. That makes virtually any of our activities on offer within your reach during a one day stop. Contact your excursions provider how to reach your excursion easiest and where it starts.

Visit Philipsburg

If you choose to remain close by the cruise port, there is still plenty to do! Many choose take a strawl to Philipsburg or take an activity close to this main town. Jetties to Philipsburg leave from the Wathey pier to the beginning of the Boardwalk , Courthouse and Walter Plantz square.

Coming in Sailing or by Yacht

If you are coming in by cruise ship, you are close by the Philipsburg area. If you are coming by sailing boat or yacht, you are prone to make landfall in the Simpson Bay or Marigot area. See our area description for more details!

Walking & Ferries from the Cruise pier to Philipsburg

The St Maarten cruise terminal is uniquely located close to the Dutch Side capital, Philipsburg
You can walk from the port to the town center in 10 minutes along the main road outside the port gates.
You can also take a ferry from the port to Philipsburg. These will bring you to either of these three moorings:

Ferry to Bobby’s Marina

Bobby’s Marina is the yachting harbor of Philipsburg, and the beginning of the capitals Boardwalk. Close to this pier you find the St Maarten museum, Bar-Restaurant Aziana and Diving St Maarten. Also, Bobby’s Marina is the place to embark for island hopping to other islands.

Ferry to Hodge Pier / AC Wathey square

The Hodge Pier is on AC Wathey Square, the middle of Philipsburg. This square houses both the St Maarten flag icon of the Court House as well as the main locations of renowned Ballerina Jewelers, Joes Jewelers, Zhaveri and Diamonds International jeweler houses.
For foodies, we recommend also the Caribbean Brewery’s Dutch Blonde Beach Bar & Pancake House and Holland House’s Ocean Lounge.

Ferry to Walter Plantz Square pier

Walter Plantz’ square offers a plethora of bars and restaurants for those looking to get off of Philipsburgs beaten track. From vegetarian specialties to Dutch bitterballen and haring, this square amidst the historical Downstreet area is there for everyone. Walter Plantz square marks the end of the Philipsburg boardwalk.

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Possible routes to walk through the streets of Philipsburg, Dutch side capital of St Maarten / St Martin.

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